Om Joyful Yoga + Wellness Studio first opened its doors in Copper City, FL in 2013. Our mission is to bridge the health of mind and body for integrated transformation through education and movement. We are a passionate and committed team of yoga teachers and health professionals who empower the student to activate their inner resources to achieve optimal well-being. All of our teachers are certified and have completed extensive training in yoga asana, wellness, and philosophy.
Strong Yoga Flow
An invigorating and intelligently guided alignment based Vinyasa class for the experienced Yogi that will create space, focus, a little heat and a lot of depth. You will increase your overall strength, flexibility and coordination through the flow of breath, movement and isolated holds. While modifications are offered, less instruction on fundamentals is shared. Strong Yoga Flow classes take place on Monday and Wednesday Mornings.
Soft Yoga Flow
A class open to all levels. Reduce stress and find peace within the movement and posture without being overly aggressive with yourself. This soft flow allows for breath and movement to align in deep strengthening and stretching postures. Modifications are offered to encourage each person to challenge themselves in a safe and preventative way. Breathwork and meditation are included in each class to connect deeper within the self and receive maximum benefits from the practice. Soft Yoga Flow classes take place on evenings and weekends.
Deep Stretch (Yin Yoga)
This class is a blend of movement and stillness. You will be guided through a series of postures to create better circulation through the pathways and warmth in the muscles of the body. Postures are typically held for 2 to 4 minutes each, improving the flow of prana or life force energy within the body. This practice is known to improve flexibility and joint mobility. You will be left in a calm state after the class, having balanced your mind and body in a gentle and relaxing way.
This class is for those who need deep relaxation and restoration. You can expect light breath work, yoga postures, and meditation to begin the class. You will then be guided into a soothing sound bath using crystal bowls, chimes, and a gong. These instruments will assist in reducing any negative emotions you may be experiencing, while bringing your chakras into full alignment – mind, body, and spirit. You will be guided into a deep state of relaxation and will leave this class feeling restored and renewed. *These classes take place once a month*
Lydia (RYT 500) began her exploration with yoga over seven years ago and completed her (RYT 200) teacher training in November 2013 as well as her (RYT 500) advanced teacher training in July 2016, both at the Om Joyful School of Yoga.
She is also a graduate of the Yoga. Psyche. Soul, Advanced Yoga Psychology Teacher Training and is integrating her background in Psychology with the healing practices of Yoga to help her students find internal transformation. Lydia’s practice is informed by the idea that yoga is not just what we do on our mats, but the way we live our lives. She believes that we are all life-long students and continue to pursue an education in yoga and the healing arts.
This ongoing process of learning is what provides fresh insights that inspire her teaching. Healthy breathing, alignment, and balanced energy flow are consistent points of focus in her classes. Lydia’s teaching style is intuitive and nourishes the hidden strengths of her students while at the same time challenging them to reach beyond their perceived limitations. In her classes, she uses a mixture of Yoga Psychology styles and breath work, allowing students to find Peace, Love, and Compassion as they grow both on and off the mat with the ultimate goal of living life to their fullest potential
Camila Vallejo – Studio Manager + Yoga Teacher
Camila began her yoga journey in college while taking the free classes offered at the school’s gym. During this time, she began incorporating asana, breathing, and meditation in her personal life. After graduating in 2019, Camila began to pursue yoga and spent time at Yogi Hari’s Ashram in Miramar volunteering (doing karma yoga) and exposing herself to a true yogic lifestyle. In January of 2020, she completed a 2 week fully immersed program at the ashram to receive her 200hr teacher certification. A year and a half later, after spending COVID times in the forests of upstate NY, she came back to South Florida and dedicated 3 weeks at the ashram to finish her 300hr certification.
Camila hopes to spread the peace of mind and emotional strength that comes from practicing yoga in every one of her classes. Camila believes that we should never stop learning or changing as we go through life. She encourages people to find their inner peace, no matter what level they are, so they can embrace change and keep on learning. She moves slowly through her asanas, providing modifications depending on each individual’s capabilities and encourages students to challenge themselves by finding their threshold and accepting where they are in their practice. Camila believes yoga is for everyone and hopes to help people find a practice that brings them happiness and peace within.
Joy Michelle – Yoga Teacher
Joy has been immersed in practicing and sharing Yoga for 25 years. Joy incorporates many “styles” of Yoga into her eclectic classes, with emphasis on the maha bhutas (the great elements) Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether, which contain the essence of life from the cosmic to the microcosmic, as well as the great eight directions in which we have the ability to move freely.
Joy is a philosopher, a lover of wisdom, a student and teacher of comparative mythologies. We are all alive and animated inside a living field of intelligence that expresses itself through the elements. “We work to go in,” Joy reminds her students continuously, everything is energy and we are each composed of energy. Through the practice of postures, breathing, mudras, mantras, we receive the ability to viscerally connect to our center, the womb, the depths of our being. This creates a ritualistic cleansing, a new found freedom of love and acceptance for thy self and others.
Joy is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Teacher and is also certified from the Kundalini Research Institute. She has been facilitating 200 and 300 Teacher Trainings for 15 years, and hosts Spiritual retreats all over the world. With a Masters in Metaphysics and extensive studies in Quantum physics she has a thirst for knowledge and loves to share her findings with others. Her first love was Ashtanga, which has been the fundamental base of her teachings. As an open minded free thinker, a bit of a rebel, she inspires people to go beyond the confines of their limited beliefs, from a limited way of thinking, to an unlimited state of being. Holding that space for others has been a sacred gift in her life’s work. Be free, just be.
Sobeyda ‘SoBe’ Cantillano – Sound Healing Facilitator
Lauren Mirones Sweet – Yoga Teacher
Lauren started her yoga journey in 2020 during quarantine, as online yoga brought her a much needed sense of peace and clarity through all the challenges and sudden change.
However she has been interested in meditation long before that; exploring that practice for years as well. Being a teenager, she finds yoga helps her with spiritual connection, physical health, anxiety relief, insomnia, and overall well being.
Laurens main goal is to share her knowledge, wisdom, and passion with her peers; all while maintaining and expanding her personal practice. Being a big traveler, huge ocean conservationist, and advanced certified scuba diver at 11 years old; she learned to cultivate courage and curiosity – which encouraged her to try new or different things in all aspects of life. She went as far to create a scuba club at her school, helping classmates experience what she had underwater.
She takes initiative in her passions, stopping at nothing to assert the importance of her values, and sharing them with those who may desire to explore similar interest. She is so grateful to have been led to Om Joyful Yoga Studio at such a young age. She has big dreams of sharing and gaining knowledge all around the world.